Alan Jackson has released his first single since last year’s “A Million Ways to Die,” drumming up buzz for his new album, Angels and Alcohol, one month ahead of its release. Written by the “Chattahoochee” crooner himself, “Jim and Jack and Hank” is rooted in the two-stepping spirit of early-Nineties country, doubling as a sign that Angels and Alcohol — which arrives after a pair of albums exploring gospel and bluegrass music — marks a return to Jackson’s country beginnings.
During the song’s first verse, Jackson’s fed-up girlfriend leaves him for good, speeding out of town with the couple’s dog in the shotgun seat. Angry, Jackson turns to the bottle — and Bocephus — for comfort. As long as he’s got the company of Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Hank Williams (Sr. and Jr., apparently, as both are mentioned), he doesn’t need her to stick around.
Along with Angels and Alcohol‘s title track, a traditional-sounding ballad that’s become a fan favorite during his Keepin’ It Country Tour, “Jim and Jack and Hank” is one of the only songs Jackson has previewed from the upcoming album. Produced by longtime partner Keith Stegall, the record hits stores July 17th, with Jackson playing a handful of shows — including an upcoming performance at the Rock the South benefit show in Cullman, Alabama — in the interim.